Manchester United star in High Court defective product claim

Posted Nov 30, 2017.
Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United’s Belgium international midfielder, is suing sportswear manufacturer New Balance over claims that the football boots they have supplied to the player were of poor quality and resulted in significant damage to his feet.

Fellaini, 30, had been expressing his concerns directly to New Balance in 2016 via a series of WhatsApp messages. Allegations included  that his boots were too tight, ‘not comfy’, had to be ‘steamed and stretched’ by Man Utd support staff to make them fit and, after one 90 minute game, that he was in so much pain that he couldn’t walk and could not sleep.

Documents submitted as evidence to the High Court in London allege that a former New Balance executive acknowledged the ‘poor quality and / or fit’ of the boots, and also that the problems would be fixed by copying boots made by rival manufacturer Nike. Fellaini, who joined United from Everton in a £27.5 million deal in September 2013, is being represented by investment company Rosalina Investments, who are seeking £2 million in damages. Representatives of New Balance have stated that Fellaini had confirmed that he was happy with the fit and comfort of the bespoke replacement boots supplied to him. No date has yet been fixed for any trial.

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